Tuesday, 20 March 2018.

Groups sign up for community exhibition

9 March, 2018

Local organisations have been rushing to sign up for stands at the Aylesham Community Exhibition to be held at St Peters Church on Tuesday 20 March.

Open between 3pm and 7.30pm, more than 20 groups and clubs have so far put down their names for a chance to promote themselves, recruit new members and volunteers to help with community projects.

The event will provide an ideal chance for residents – both established and newly arrived – to discover more about what local groups can offer them as well as opportunities to join in a wide range of activities.

The growing list of exhibitors includes Aylesham Ladies Choir, Aylesham4Aylesham, Aylesham Bowls Club, Aylesham Parish Council, Pie Factory, Hawkinge Hurricanes running club, Beech Grove, Kent Libraries, Freedom Leisure and Bechange.

The parish council will be giving more detail about how money allocated under the Section 106 agreement connected with the Aylesham Garden Village Development will see the creation of a new skate park which is planned to open in June.

A newly formed village hall establishment committee will outline how it plans to take proposals forward for a new venue in Aylesham.

Aylesham Welfare & Leisure will set out the details of its scheme to provide new and updated facilities in the months ahead.

You will be able to find out more about local youth groups, including Beavers and Cubs as well as Army Cadets and the weekly sessions offered by Pie Factory. For the young at heart, both the village men’s and ladies choirs will be attending, ready to welcome new singers to their ranks.

Bechange Community Hub will be providing details around its activities and support services. It has wide practical experience in offering free advice for families to help with budgeting, benefit entitlements, debt management and finding work. It also needs volunteers to help handle a growing workload.

The event is being facilitated by Dover District Council. Aylesham community development officer Emily Barnes said: “The event offers new and established residents an ideal opportunity to get involved with their village, make new friends and learn new skills. It’s inspiring to see so such a wide variety of local groups wanting to take part too.”

If your group has been sent a booking form and it hasn’t yet been returned, please ensure that happens soonest! Completed forms can be sent to Emily Barnes via emily.barnes@dover.gov.uk or council press officer for Aylesham Nick Evans via nick.evans@dover.gov.uk